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Halloween! 10/31/13

My Journey costume was, for the most part, a success! I never thought I could make a costume like this. Well, it has plenty of flaws, but overall I am proud of myself for the effort.

my costume

journey costume

journey traveler costume

journey costume

Journey costume

Then, I dressed like Journee Strix, my Miqo'te Conjurer character from Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn.

Miqo'te conjurer

My actual costume was a hybrid of the two.

Journey miqo'te hybrid costume

Viola! A Journey 'Traveler' and Final Fantasy 'Miqo'te conjurer' hybrid. A random idea I had...all because I didn't want to make/wear a mask on the Journey hood.

journey miqo'te hybrid costume

Journey Traveler Miqo'te Conjurer hybrid

Halloween Costume 3rd Week 10/23/13

On Thursday October 17th, I added the hem to the bottom of the cloak. I bias taped the collar and added velcro for the closing mechanism.

Journey costume diy

Journey costume diy

Journey costume diy

Journey costume diy

Journey costume diy

Journey costume diy

I made some improvised Miqo'te bracelets on October 18th. I bought the jewlery-making supplies at Walmart, except the metal rings, which are shower curtain rings I found on Amazon.

Miqo'te bracelets

Miqo'te bracelets

Miqo'te bracelets

Halloween Costume 2nd Week 10/16/13

Journey Cloak

Thursday October 10th, finished cutting all red pieces for the scarf. Measured and marked two sections on the "cheddar" fabric 8 inches wide and 50 inches long. Cut out both scarf pieces and traced a quarter inch border for a stitching guideline. Cut out the "white" sections of the red glyph pattern to use as a stencil on the six red scarf glyphs (for placement of the white spandex pieces). I decided to work on the cloak before continuing with the scarf. I ironed four of the 3 yard half inch double fold bias tapes in the open position then ironed on the 7/8 inch Heat 'N Bond Lite.

Friday October 11th, I bonded the middle triangle, one "squiggle", and two "people" to the cloak.

journey costume diy

Journey costume diy

I bonded the other triangles 3.75 inches apart.

journey costume diy

Starting from the center, I bonded two of the bias tape stripes to the cloak.

journey costume diy

journey costume diy

Journey cloak diy

On October 12th, the remaining stripes were bonded to the cloak while adding the "squiggles" one at a time along the way.

traveler cloak diy

Journey cloak diy

journey cloak in progess

On October 13th, I resumed work on the scarf. First, I hand-sewed the two long, yellow pieces together.

journey scarf diy

October 14th, the scarf symbols were bonded on.

Journey scarf diy

Journey scarf diy

Journey scarf diy

Journey scarf in progress

Journey scarf diy

Journey scarf diy

October 15th, I traced and cut out the two red hood pieces along the fold of the fabric. I traced and cut the interfacing, then bonded it to the red pieces. Finally, I sewed the pieces together to form the hood.

Journey hood diy

Journey hood diy

Journey hood diy

The hood sewing was finished today, October 16th, and the bias tape was added to the bottom. I chose not to do anything else to the hood, because I was only going to be wearing it with the hood down.

Halloween Costume 1st Week 10/9/13

Journey Cloak

My first order of fabric arrived last Wednesday (October 2nd), so I could finally start the creation process! I decided to use a metallic white spandex from Amazon for the scarf symbols. To begin, I cut out a section of the white spandex and a slightly smaller section of Heat 'n Bond Lite. I pressed with an iron and pressing sheet, then traced the white scarf symbols and cut them out.

white scarf symbols

I received my Fabric.com order of 1.5 yards of "Cheddar" Kona Broadcloth on Thursday (October 3rd). I washed the fabric along with a sample piece on cold and delicate cycle, then dried with low heat. I bonded Heat 'n Bond to the sample piece of "cheddar", let it cool, and traced and cut out 5 of the yellow "squiggles". I cut out a section along the length of the "cheddar" fabric that was long enough to fit five yellow "people" side by side.

Cheddar kona broadcloth

I repeated this until there were enough pieces for 18 "people", heat n bonded those pieces, and traced and cut out the "people". I tried cutting the center with an exacto knife, but realized I am not very consistent with the knife and my cuts were messy. My new technique was to make a rough cut within the center rectangle, then switch to scissors to cut along the lines.

Yellow People

yellow people

yellow people

I traced and cut out the remaining four yellow squiggles on heat 'n bonded "cheddar" fabric.

yellow squiggles

Five yards of "Paprika" and two yards of "Brick" Kona cotton broadcloth were delivered on Friday (October 4th). I washed and dried the fabric. I cut four 17"x20" pieces of Heat 'n Bond lite, lined them up (one at a time) portrait-style along the length of the "Brick" fabric and pressed with the iron until the entire paper bonded. I cut around the border of the Heat 'N Bond paper and repeated with the remaining 3 pieces of Heat 'N Bond. I traced two triangles on each piece and cut out the triangles.

triangle

triangles

Saturday October 5th, I nervously began to make the cloak. I cut the "paprika" fabric into a 3 yard piece and a 2 yard piece. I set aside the 2 yard piece, which would be used for the hood. I folded the 3 yard piece in half and went a little pin-crazy lining up the edges. I measured 43.25" along the side of the folded fabric and marked dots to form the semicircle. I measured and marked 4" for the neck (I later expanded this about a half inch). I wasn't very confident in my ability to cut both sides at once, so I opted to repeat the measurements on the otherside of the fold. This allowed me to cut each half of the semicircle separately. I double-checked the measurements then cut along the dotted lines. I was finally able to try on the cloak and breathed in relief as I confirmed that the cloak was long enough and fit well. Whew! That was tiring!

Tuesday October 8th, I Heat 'N Bonded the leftover paprika fabric from the cloak, so I could trace and cut out the red scarf pieces. I finished tracing and cutting those scarf pieces today.

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